The old school song

What are the best education songs? Eduwonk suggests the Beach Boys’ classic “Be True To Your School,” Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher,”  Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and Springsteen’s “No Surrender.”

Twitter at #edsongs adds more. American Federation of Teachers leader Randi Weingarten likes “Teach the Children Well.”

Mike Antonucci has education song rejects.

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  1. Harry Chapin: Flowers Are Red

  2. Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out”?

  3. Kodachrome?

  4. Roger Sweeny says:

    I can never figure out how the authors of “Wonderful World” feel about school. In the verses, it seems unimportant. The singer doesn’t know much academically and doesn’t seem to care. The one thing that will make it a “wonderful world” is if she loves him the way he loves her.

    But the chorus seems different. He is trying to be a good student:

    “I don’t claim to be an ‘A’ student,
    But I’m tryin’ to be.
    For maybe by being an ‘A’-student, baby,
    I can win your love for me.”

    Though perhaps it isn’t so different after all. It doesn’t sound like he actually cares about learning all those things. He just wants to win the girl. An “A” is a tool to do that.

    And I suppose that’s not too different from most students: they want a good grade to get a diploma to get a better job.